Leveraging Wellness and Athletics for Growth

Cornell College
Athletic and Wellness Center

Mount Vernon, Iowa

With a mission to better serve their students’ health and wellness needs, Cornell College engaged Kahler Slater and Mortenson Construction to design an updated home for their athletic and wellness programs. College leadership immediately understood their renovation and expansion project will directly support Cornell’s ability to recruit new students, enhance Rams Athletics programs, secure competitive events, and provide a positive impact on every student and student-athlete, now and for future generations.

Located just off of the new entry, a two level Health and Wellness Center will create a vibrant hub for campus life and foster a sense of community for everyone at Cornell. The addition/renovation will also include an expanded lobby space that will function as a gathering space before and after events in the renovated gymnasium and fieldhouse on event days, and as a vibrant student lounge on all other days. In addition, the design will provide Cornell with ample team meeting space, group exercise studios, a full athletic office suite, and a new athletic training suite. Updated locker rooms will serve student-athletes, visiting teams, and the entire Cornell community. Construction is scheduled to begin spring of 2021.

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“It will be an amazing addition to campus. I can’t wait to see the new and renovated building filled with students in just a year and a half. This building will become a gathering place for current and future students as the college continues to grow.”

Jean Russell, Alumni and Donor